Floaters are a common side effect of cataract surgery, and they often disappear within a short period. However, they can persist and cause complications. Treatment can depend on the cause, but may include surgery and freeze treatment.
Side effects can occur following cataract surgery. A possible side effect of cataract surgery is floaters in the field of vision.
These may be harmless and go away on their own, but they can cause serious complications. A person should always speak with a healthcare professional if floaters appear.
This article explores what floaters are, their causes after cataract surgery, and treatment. It also discusses which postsurgical side effects are a cause for concern and answers some common questions.
The vitreous is the gel substance that fills the area of the eye between the lens and the retina, enabling vision. Tiny fibers of collagen within the vitreous can
- flashes of light
- lots of small, dark spots
- squiggly lines
- spider webs
- stationary or moving bugs
Most of the time, floaters
Posterior vitreous detachment
With posterior vitreous detachment, tiny floaters usually appear about a day after cataract surgery and disappear within a few months.
Retinal tear or detachment
A retinal tear
Symptoms of retinal tear or detachment include the sudden appearance of numerous new floaters, which may come with flashes of light, and a dark shadow or blurry section of the side or central vision.
A retinal tear or detachment is likely to have a
If a person experiences symptoms of retinal tear or detachment, they should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Where cataracts cloud vision, it is possible that floaters are already present but the outcome of the surgery makes them more visible. A person may find that floaters appear because they are able to see more clearly.
Other causes of floaters
- vitreous syneresis, where the vitreous gel liquefies
A healthcare professional may suggest vitrectomy treatment if floaters are likely to worsen. A vitrectomy procedure involves removing and replacing the vitreous with clear, sterile fluid.
Treating a retinal tear or detachment
However, surgery may be necessary if a larger section of the retina is detached from the back of the eye or if there is persistent traction that prevents the retina from returning to its normal anatomic position.
Here are some answers to common questions about cataract surgery and floaters.
How long do eye floaters last after cataract surgery?
Floaters can last for
Is it common to get floaters after cataract surgery?
Floaters are tiny shapes that can appear as spots, shadows, or squiggly lines in vision. They occur when the small fibers of collagen clump together in the vitreous, which is the gel that makes up most of the eye.
Floaters can be a side effect of cataract surgery. They can be harmless. For example, they may appear due to the improvement in vision. However, they can be a sign of a more visually threatening complication, such as retinal tear or detachment.
If a person notices floaters after cataract surgery, they should speak with a healthcare professional as soon as possible.